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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Southerland report
The 2018 legislative session of the 110th General Assembly that concluded on April 25 included action taken this year also includes legislation to aid veterans and to remove excessive occupational barriers, according to State Senator Steve Southerland. The Senate approved a package of bills this year honoring the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces including $700,000 for professional counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Tax relief ensures that disabled veterans and elderly homeowners can continue to qualify for property tax relief if they are hospitalized or temporarily placed in a nursing home. The other bill exempts disabled veterans from having to pay sales tax or registration fees on a modified vehicle. Other legislation safeguards the identities of Tennessee veterans by cracking down on instances of theft and fraud involving those who attempt to imitate them. The legislature passed a key bill that helps to ensure Tennessee's occupational licensing does not keep offenders who have served their time in prison from obtaining employment and getting a fresh start in life. Another bill encourages self-sufficiency for low-income individuals by waiving the initial license fee for trade professions which can be a barrier for entry. Legislation was approved this year aiding workers seeking to enter Tennessee's workforce through a licensed profession by establishing an apprenticeship program. Two bills to help firefighters exempt volunteer firefighters or rescue squad members from having to pay the regular registration fee for their license plate and the other calls for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) counseling for EMS or professional firefighters.


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